City of Torrance
 Torrance, California
Job Description

The City of Torrance is recruiting for a Buyer to join the Finance Department's Purchasing Team!

The Department:

The Finance Department is responsible for the financial administration, from budgeting to auditing, of City fiscal resources and issuing of business licenses. The Finance Director assists the City Manager in the operation and capital improvement budgets, serves as advisor to the Land Management Team and presents to the City Council an annual audited statement of the City's financial condition prepared in accordance with governmental reporting standards promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

The Position:

The City of Torrance is looking for an experienced, results driven team player with the ability to make sound decisions to work as a Buyer in the Revenue Division of the Finance Department. The Buyer performs professional level purchasing duties in the procurement of services, supplies, equipment or materials for the City including development of specifications, solicitation recommendations of bids and proposals; and performs related work as required.

This individual locates and evaluates sources of supply and determines the lowest responsible vendor; interviews, evaluates, and negotiates with vendors; and secures quotations, proposals and formal bids. The Buyer also conducts surveys regarding purchasing practices and makes recommendations as appropriate; prepares reports and tabulations on materials and services, comparative prices and market trends; and ensures purchasing practices are in compliance with legal, professional and City established policies and procedures, the city Charter and Municipal code.


Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills such as:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration or a related field and two years of progressively responsible experience purchasing materials, equipment, supplies and services in a municipal and/or high volume setting.

License and/or Certificates:

  • A valid California motor vehicle operator's license of the appropriate class.
  • To possess and maintain a certification as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certificate from the Institute of Supply Management is desirable.

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • Knowledge of purchasing methods and procedures, contract development, and sources of supply;
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures related to the procurement of supplies, materials and professional services;
  • Problem solving and research skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff.


Interested candidates must submit an online application and supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period is open until filled, however first review of applications is those received by June 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Note: If a sufficient amount of qualified applicants are received after the first review date, the position could close at any time.

Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components:

Panel Interview: 100% (Tentatively Scheduled on June 28, 2022)